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May 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

4 yak skulls from Tibet seized at Sea-Tac Airport

A traveler trying to bring four yak skulls back from Tibet was stopped at Sea-Tac Airport by the beagle, Woody, who smelled something funny. (Photo / Customs and Border Protection)

The Associated Press

A traveler trying to bring four yak skulls back from Tibet was stopped at Sea-Tac Airport by a dog who smelled something funny.

The traveler told Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists he found two of the skulls while hiking and bought two more at a village store.

Two of the skulls still had dried flesh attached. They were in a duffel bag that drew the attention of a federal beagle named Woody.

After the alert from Woody on April 30, the man declared he had the souvenir skulls, so he won’t be prosecuted.

Agriculture Program Manger Luca Furnare in Seattle says the skulls were destroyed under high-pressure steam to prevent the introduction of animal diseases into the United States.

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